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Guide to the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation oral histories 2008.030

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Long, Hardy Joe, 2008 May 13

Biographical / Historical

Hardy Joe Long, a longtime businessman and community pillar of the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, was the owner of the Burdell's store (which he'd purchased in 1968), and served as president of the Fulton-Nostrand United Merchants Association.

Scope and Contents

In this interview, the businessman Hardy Joe Long recounts his role in the community of the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn as a merchant and active participant in the Fulton-Nostrand United Merchants Association. He enumerates different changes he's seen in the community over the past over fifty years, including racial mixing, economic development, and a cultural renaissance. Long lists different contributions heralded by Restoration, including support for small businesses via the backing of the Merchants Association. He tells of an impoverished childhood in North Carolina, and the ambition that drove him to own a business in New York City -- a dream that was enabled by Restoration's revolving loan fund. At the interview's end, Long details the Merchants Association's campaign to establish the Bedford-Stuyvesant Gateway Business Improvement District. Interview conducted by Bernadette Mitchell.

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Subject Names

  • Grannum, Colvin W.
  • Long, Hardy Joe

Subject Organizations

  • Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation
  • Fulton-Nostrand United Merchants Association

Subject Topics

  • Business enterprises -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Community centers -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Community development corporations -- New York (State) -- New York
  • Community development, Urban -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Enterprise -ones -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Entrepreneurship -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Gentrification -- New York (State) -- Kings County

Subject Places

  • Bedford-Stuyvesant (New York, N.Y.)
  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)